Extending the Exness-WWF partnership into the third year in 2017, we are supporting two WWF projects focusing on polar bears and Persian leopards.
Over the past two years, ice cover-reduction has led to a sharp increase in polar bears' visit to the coastal settlement in the region between Pechora and Kara Seas. This spring-summer migration trend has resulted in two rising problems—an increase in polar bear poaching and human-polar bear conflicts.
Part of WWF-Russia's Project Bear Patrol is the development of a two-level system aimed at preventing and mitigating the consequences of human-polar bear conflicts, thereby reducing and eliminating polar bear poaching in the region, as well as enhancing community participation and involvement in polar bear conservation and study.
"Endangered wildlife species is a pressing issue that calls for our attention. As strong supporters of environmental protection, we want to continue working with WWF-Russia in its long-term wildlife conservation projects and improve the environment we live in."
Petr Valov, CEO of Exness
Previous destruction of mountainous areas in Caucasus has led to a sharp decline in the Persian leopard population. In the 20th century, the population of Persian leopards in the Caucasus virtually got wiped out. Currently, the Persian leopard can only be found in less accessible areas of the Eastern Caucasus, and natural recovery of the population is not possible.
Together with Russian Academy of Sciences, WWF-Russia has developed a recovery program for the Persian leopards in the Caucasus by breeding it in captivity and subsequently reintroducing the juvenile leopards to the nature. On July 15, 2016, three Persian leopards—Victoria, Akhun, and Killi—were released into the wild on the territory of the Caucasian State Nature Biosphere Reserve, with a permanent monitoring system in place.